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Haunted By A Crybaby Bridge

Haunted Crybaby Bridge

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Crybaby Bridge is a nickname given to some bridges notably in the United States. The actual sound of a baby can be, or has been, heard from these Haunted bridges over the years. Many are also accompanied by an urban legend of a baby or young child/children being killed, often accidentally falling or thrown from the bridge into the river or creek below.

Gathering EVP's, EMF's, Documenting and exploring these many haunted bridges is often a great place to start any ghost hunt. Many believe there are no less than 50 crybaby bridges in Ohio alone. Many of these ghost haunted bridges are said to be the home of the legendry La Lorna or a chorona - the ghost of a woman who weeps over her children she drowned.

There as far as many can discern is a real Crybaby Bridge or it's counterpart in all of the 50 States in America. And more then on in many states and cities. The failure of bridges is of special concern for structural engineers in trying to learn lessons vital to bridge design, construction and maintenance. The failure of bridges first assumed national interest during the Victorian era when many new designs were being built, often using new materials. And these Bridges collapsed or were washed away. This fear still remains today. List of bridge failures at wikipedia. Because of this many of the new Bridges are deemed to be doomed as haunted before they are completed. the famous collapsing bride from the Mothman mystery has often been refered to as a Crybaby Bridge by some.


By Francis Pernell

Some Believe that these haunted Bridges are the locations of many suicides. Thus giving then their haunted and ghost filled reputations. Others believe it is the attraction to the flowing streams and rivers and that evil spirits beckon those that stand at their banks and bridges to jump in and drown themselves. Many individuals skeptics and believers alike often tell of hearing voices calling for help or getting strange urges to jump.

Many reports of strange haunted creatures, demons, ghosts and cryptids such as the lizardman, goatman, Grunch (American Chupacabra) and even Bigfoot or often associated with these haunted bridge locations.

A few Covered Bridges like that in Gettysberg, And the Legend of Headless Horsemen are often associated also with such hauntings. It is often said that the obsession with such real haunted bridges transends the haunted locations as haunted houses, roads and buildings because of the danger that they hold.

Train Bridges and even bridges that one can only walk across have often been called a Crybaby Bridge in each and every State. In Miami there is evven a Haunted Crybaby Bridge that crosses a highway. In my personal paranormal research I have come across everything from a Crybaby Overpass, Crybaby Train Bridges like that in New Orleans, and the notorious Crybaby Bridge in Owensboro, Kentucky. The Great Galveston And New Orleans Causeways are also refered to as a Crybaby Bridge by locals because many fear to cross it.

Also m any a local pedestrian bridge worlswide have also been christened as Crybaby Bridge. Thgis because those that fear it know they are haunted. Or perhaps just too afraid to walk across fearing death or something possibly worse. Rope bridges, a simple type of suspension bridge, were used by the Inca civilization in the Andes mountains of South America, just prior to European colonization in the 1500s. Those that try to cross such bridges are all in costant fearr that it will be their last crossing.

A Haunted bridge is a structure built to span a valley, road, railroad track, river, body of water, or any other physical obstacle, for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle. Designs of bridges will vary depending on the function of the bridge and the nature of the terrain where the bridge is constructed. The fact that Death is always associated with these structures from the building to the actual use of helps spread the stories of these bridges being haunted. Urban legend or not Paranormal Experts still flock to investigate them worldwide.

The first bridges were made by nature — as simple as a log fallen across a stream. The first bridges made by humans were probably spans of wooden logs or planks and eventually stones, using a simple support and crossbeam arrangement.

Bridges are subject to unplanned uses as well. The areas underneath some bridges have become makeshift shelters and homes to homeless people, and the undersides of bridges all around the world are spots of prevalent graffiti. Some bridges attract people attempting suicide, and become known as suicide bridges.


Epic literature of India provides mythological accounts of bridges constructed from India to Lanka by the army of Rama. The Arthashastra of Kautilya mentions the construction of dams and bridges. A Mauryan bridge near Girnar was surveyed by James Princep. The bridge was swept away during a flood, and later repaired by Puspagupta, the chief architect of emperor Chandragupta I. The bridge also fell under the care of the Yavana Tushaspa, and the Satrap Rudra Daman. The use of stronger bridges using plaited bamboo and iron chain was visible in India by about the 4th century. A number of bridges, both for military and commercial purposes, were constructed by the Mughal administration in India.

The greatest bridge builders of antiquity were the ancient Romans. The Romans built arch bridges and aqueducts that could stand in conditions that would damage or destroy earlier designs. Some stand today.[9] An example is the Alcántara Bridge, built over the river Tagus, in Spain. The Romans also used cement, which reduced the variation of strength found in natural stone. One type of cement, called pozzolana, consisted of water, lime, sand, and volcanic rock. Brick and mortar bridges were built after the Roman era, as the technology for cement was lost then later rediscovered.

Although large Chinese bridges of wooden construction existed at the time of the Warring States, the oldest surviving stone bridge in China is the Zhaozhou Bridge, built from 595 to 605 AD during the Sui Dynasty. This bridge is also historically significant as it is the world's oldest open-spandrel stone segmental arch bridge. European segmental arch bridges date back to at least the Alconétar Bridge (approximately 2nd century AD), while the enormous Roman era Trajan's Bridge (105 AD) featured open-spandrel segmental arches in wooden construction.

During the 18th century there were many innovations in the design of timber bridges by Hans Ulrich, Johannes Grubenmann, and others. The first book on bridge engineering was written by Hubert Gautier in 1716. A major breakthrough in bridge technology came with the erection of the The Iron Bridge in Coalbrookdale, England in 1779. It used cast iron for the first time as arches to cross the river Severn.

With the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, truss systems of wrought iron were developed for larger bridges, but iron did not have the tensile strength to support large loads. With the advent of steel, which has a high tensile strength, much larger bridges were built, many using the ideas of Gustave Eiffel.

The Many Real Crybaby Bridges's of Ohio

In Ohio today Rogue's Hollow is one of many purported crybaby bridges. This very haunted hotspot is located near Doylestown, Ohio, in an area known as Rogue's Hollow. Doylestown is a village located atop the highest point in Wayne County, Ohio, United States. Doylestown was officially founded and recorded on Christmas day, 1827 by William Doyle, a Scotch-Irish Pennsylvanian who first settled in Ohio in Milton Township, some six miles west of his soon-to-be-namesake. Upon moving to the village, Doyle employed a carpenter, John Montgomery, to help him build the first building, a log tavern. Soon after, Doyle encouraged family and friends from Pennsylvania to join him. Opportunity already existed in the surrounding lowlands of the hilltop town with streams flush with running water to power mills. Known as Rogues' Hollow for the wild goings-on of miners seeking work after the canals were completed, the hollow was congested with saloons, houses of ill repute, disease, dust and Sunday dog fights.

The Village of Doylestown has a long and proud history. In 1812, Wayne County was formed in Northeast Ohio and Chippewa Township was formed in 1815. Chippewa Township is named in honor of the Native American Chippewa Tribe.

The actual haunted bridge is located on Galehouse Road, between Rogue Hollow Road and Hametown Road. The bridge spans Silver Creek.

Deep in Rogue's Hollow, this road previously led from the bottom of the hollow (Hametown Rd.) to the top (Rogue Hollow Rd.). The bridge is only approachable from Hametown Rd., as the steeper portion of the road was closed and removed. The bridge is property of the Rogue's Hollow historical society, which also owns the adjacent Chidester Mill.

The actual bridge is said to be very haunted and many strange things are said to have happened there over the many years. From strange sightings of half formed apparitions to the sounds of wailing women and crying children. Locals often tell of hearing screams and seeing individuals fall from the bridge only to disappear before they hit the water.

Another variation of the Rogue's Hollow crybaby bridge states that a newborn baby and his parents were killed after their car hit black ice and crashed into the icy river. While the parents were killed instantly, the baby died much later, from starvation. At midnight, you can still hear the baby, crying for his parents. Learn more here now - www.deadohio.com/CrybabyBridges.htm


Careful there is some cursing involved in this video. Legend has it that late one night a woman and her child were crossing a particular bridge in a horse drawn carriage. Something supposed spooked the horse causing the carriage to overturn into the river killing the child. Supposedly if you go to the bridge, get out of the car, leave your doors unlocked, and keys on the hood, your doors lock once you yell out "I killed your baby." We had to try it out .


The Screaming Bridge of Maud Hughes Road

Maud Hughes Road is located in Liberty Township, Ohio. It is reputed to have been the site of many terrible accidents and suicides. Railroad tracks lie 25 feet below the bridge, and at least 36 people are said to have been reported dead on or around the Maud Hughes Road Bridge. Ghostly figures, mists, and lights have been seen, as well as black hooded figures and a phantom train. The legend says that a car carrying a man and a woman stalled on top of the bridge. The man got out to get help while the girl stayed. When the man returned, the girl was hanging on the bridge above the tracks. The man then supposedly perished with unexplained causes. To this day, many people have reported hearing the ghosts' conversations, then a woman's scream followed by a man's scream. Another popular and typical Crybaby Bridge story says that a woman once threw her baby off the bridge and then hanged herself afterwards.

Egypt Road, Salem

Although the bridge is off of Egypt Road, it is actually on what used to be West Pine Lake Rd., which now dead-ends to the east of the bridge. Legends attribute the crying baby to one that fell in and accidentally drowned. The closed road remains as an access way to high voltage utility lines.

The "baby cries" can be heard at night or during the day.

Chardon Township

This crybaby bridge is in the area of the melon heads. The bridge is on Wisner Rd. just north of Kirtland Chardon Rd. A large section of the road is permanently closed; the bridge lies just before the south end of the closed section.


The local urban legend regarding Helltown includes a crybaby bridge, located on Boston Mills Rd. Of course, Helltown has a crybaby bridge. The actual story is a little fuzzy on the details-- at some point in the past, a child was supposedly thrown off the bridge and died in the Cuyahoga river below. However, the story is not nearly as important as the experiment itself. The rules of this bridge are the most complicated. The following steps must be followed exactly--miss one, and the experiment will fail:

1. Bring along a spare set of car keys. 2. Go there at night. 3. Park the car on the bridge. 4. Turn off the car. 5. Put your other set of car keys in your pocket. 6. Get out of the car. 7. Lock the doors. 8. Walk away from the bridge. 9. Wait "a while." 10. Go back to your car.

Upon returning, the car will be mysteriously running, and you will find dusty child's footprints on the outside of your car.

The bridge is located off of Riverview Road, and leads into Boston Township. The bridge that exists there is quite new. It was built in 1999, replacing a much-older covered bridge that was repeatedly damaged by floods and other elements. The new bridge was constructed using the original piers and abutments, which can still be seen around the foundation.

Many of these tales seem to reflect or mimic those of the legendary La Lorna of Texas and the south west. La Lorna, according to legend, is the spirit of a woman who drowned her children. According to legend, she wanders stream and riverbanks in the SouthWest, crying out for the children she drowned. She can be found "wailing into the night and searching for lost or abandoned children to drag, screaming to a watery grave."

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Texas Sarah Jane Bridge - "Sarah Jane Bridge" is said to be the bridge from which a baby of the same name was thrown into the alligator-infested water by a man who had murdered the child's mother. It is said Sarah Jane can be heard crying from the water when one stands on the bridge on hot summer nights. The child's mother, a headless ghost wandering the woods nearby, can also be heard whispering "...Sarah Jane..." as she searches the forest with a lantern. The legendary Sarah Jane is Sarah Jane Block, who lost no children and lived to the age of 99.

The Crybaby Bridge - Maryland

There is a purported "Crybaby Bridge" off Beaver Dam road in Beltsville, near the Department of Agriculture's Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. It is in or near the areas where the legendary goatman has reported to have been seen.

There is another on Governor's Bridge Road, near Bowie, at the Anne Arundel County line (Patuxent River). This bridge is a late 19th/early 20th century steel truss bridge; legend states that a woman and her baby were murdered in the 1930s. Purportedly, if one parks one's car at or near the bridge, a baby can be heard crying; sometimes a ghost car will creep up from behind, but disappear when the driver or passenger turns around to see it.

In Weird Maryland: Your Travel Guide to Maryland's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets, authors Matt Lake, Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman include 3 first-person narratives of Crybaby Bridge experiences in Maryland. The locations mentioned are The Governor's Bridge Road bridge already discussed above, one on Lottsford Vista Road and another unspecified but possibly also referring to the Lottsford Vista Road bridge as well. The latter narratives make mention of purported Satanic Churches near the bridge and appearance of the Goatman.

Many years ago, a young unmarried teen-aged girl became pregnant. Afraid to tell her parents, the girl took her newborn baby and dropped it over the side of the bridge. Realizing what she had done, the girl jumped from the bridge and fell to her own death. Today, the woman stands in the middle of the bridge, frightening drivers. One truck driver drove into the side of the bridge trying to avoid hitting the woman. When police went to investigate the scene, there was no evidence of anyone having been on the bridge.

Many crybaby bridge tales tell of ghost children or the ghost pushing cars over the bridge.


Crybaby Bridge Controversy

In 1999, Maryland folklorist Jesse Glass presented a case against the existence of several Crybaby Bridges as being genuine folklore; instead contending that they were fakelore that was knowingly being propagated through the internet.

According to Glass, near identical stories of Cry Baby Bridges; said to be located in Maryland and Ohio, began to appear online in 1999, but that the events which they described could not be affirmed by him as fact or preexisting folklore through either local oral history or the media.

Among the concerns presented by Glass was that the story of a particular bridge; said to be located in Wesminister, Maryland, centered around the murder of escaped slaves and African American children. Back in the 1800's, unwanted black babies were drowned by being thrown off the side of this bridge. It's located specifically on Rockland Road, just off of Uniontown Road outside of Westminster's city limits past Rt. 31. Regional newspapers which usually covered racially motivated murders of the period - Specifically the American Sentinel and the Democratic Advocate - made no mention of the events described online.

However, in their book Weird U.S.: Your Travel Guide to America's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets, authors Mark Moran & Mark Sceurman relate the story of a purported Crybaby Bridge on Lottsford Vista Road between Bowie and Upper Marlboro, asserting that this bridge has "made believers out of many skeptics." The text included from their informant makes no mention of escaped slaves but does repeat a now familiar component of such legends: an out-of-wedlock birth.

The Ghost Research Society investigates Cry Baby Bridge on the outskirts of Benton Illinois.



  1. ^ Crybaby Bridges
  2. ^ The Screaming Bridge of Maud Hughes Road
  3. ^ Tri-Mar Paranormal Research- Maud Hughes Bridge Report
  4. ^ Franklin County Ghost Debunkers Center
  5. ^ The Shadowlands Maryland Crybaby Bridge Entries
  6. ^ Matt Lake, Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman: Weird Maryland: Your Travel Guide to Maryland's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets Page 178 Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2006 ISBN 1402739060 Accessed via Google Books August 17, 2008
  7. ^ Cunningham, Carl (1998-10-28). "Spooky legend lives on". The Mid County Chronicle. http://www.wtblock.com/wtblockjr/spooky.htm. Retrieved on 2009-05-06. 
  8. ^ Sanders, Ashley (2007-10-30). "The many legends of Sara Jane Road". Port Arthur News. http://www.panews.com/local/local_story_303205853.html. Retrieved on 2009-05-06. 
  9. ^ http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/lookupid?key=olbp37916 The University of Pennsylvania Online Books Page for The Witness; Slavery in Nineteenth Century Carroll County, Maryland.
  10. ^ Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman: Weird U.S.: Your Travel Guide to America's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets Page 22 Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2004 ISBN 0760750432 Accessed via Google Books August 17, 2008

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